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post #41 of 214 Old 12-04-2012, 12:37 AM
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normally when people hear me saying that i "just" trail ride they they think of that one time they sat on the horse by the beach and were lead around on horses who could have walked it in their sleep. but when i trail ride its much more. like having to do something rather then just sit there. being run at by dogs. or cyclist in that case. or riding by the road and people not always happy at slowing down a little for a minute so you can cross the road. riding on very uneven terrain not always in the best weather either courtesy of western WA. did i forget to mention on top of a mountain? That is "just" trail riding.
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post #42 of 214 Old 12-04-2012, 02:06 PM
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My riding buddy talked to someone the other day that she she evented....don't know what she really meant because she said sometimes she rode her horse ALMOST 5 miles.
Almost 5 miles? I think I did that the third or fourth time I got on a horse
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post #43 of 214 Old 12-04-2012, 05:43 PM
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Almost 5 miles? I think I did that the third or fourth time I got on a horse
LOL, my horse is just getting warmed up at 5 miles.
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post #44 of 214 Old 12-04-2012, 10:23 PM
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QOS you sound like someone I would like to "just trail ride" with :)
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post #45 of 214 Old 12-04-2012, 10:37 PM
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Thanks Pattilou...BSMS said he didn't want to ride with us over here He is afraid of the spiders and alligators
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post #46 of 214 Old 12-09-2012, 10:29 PM
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I have said I "just" trail ride. I use to work cattle. To me, the word "just" means, I go out riding on the blm or wherever w/o a job...for no reason other than to "just" ride. When I first started "just" trail riding again, I have to admit ... it seemed purpose-less all of a sudden. Alas, the need for a "job" disappeared and I enjoy it as much as I ever did. I don't like going alone to places that are pretty tough to get to, though.

I don't have anything against people that only ever "just" puddle in an arena. Obviousely, many are very talented. But, I do have a problem w them if they believe their horse's ability is superior b/c it never leaves an arena, and neither did its granpappy. I mean, I just can't view a horse as "usefull" if it can't safely take you anywhere you want to go - outside of an arena.

And, I don't like rattlers and they are thick here....but large spiders above my head when mounted? Alligators? Heck, I'd run off with my horse! Bog is my worst fear. I'd even take huge ugly spiders over that. Believe it or not, there are boggy spots in arroyos - they aren't common (thank the heavens above), but they are super bad news.

I have to admit, though, I often wish there were a beaten down path out my back door that anyone could "just" trail ride on, like those you see in UK - w "horse crosswalks" over the little paved roads. That looks so enchanting! It doesn't necessarily look "challenging", but it does look enjoyable. I like to enjoy my horses, it doesn't matter if its "just" trail riding.
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post #47 of 214 Old 12-09-2012, 10:43 PM
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Isn't that the truth Missy? I enjoy my horses for the sheer joy that they are mine!

Y'all need to come riding with me sometimes. You will see that the alligators haven't ate any of us and the spiders are a training opportunity - LOL you have to know how to side pass pretty dang good at times to play spider polo!!!

Gaaaaaaa....my cousin and I were riding yesterday and thought the spiders were all gone for the year. We saw a huge one at saddle level in a big web but it was off to the side so I left the old girl alone. Normally I give them a job...I take down their web!!
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post #48 of 214 Old 12-09-2012, 10:57 PM
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hahahahaha come on now NV2 - the banana spiders are pretty dang big but you can generally see them before you run into the web. My cousin makes me go first down the trail so I can clear them out.

We see hogs and alligators there all the time - had the horses spook at the hogs but the alligators haven't been a problem for me yet. My cousin was riding out there a few years ago with another friend and they came around a corner and a a huge alligator was up on the side of the bank and rolled into the water. Their horses did a synchronized roll back and took off!!!

The Man O War's are pretty easy to see on the shore at the beach - they are bright blue/purple.

There are mountain lions up north of here but I have never seen one. Gaaaaaa....I would have a stroke!
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post #49 of 214 Old 12-09-2012, 10:58 PM
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I think its important to keep things balanced.
I love trail riding, but I didn't really start improving as a rider until I started working in the arena. I don't think I ever use my legs that much on a trail, and I'm not a flat ground kind of girl.
However, I think trail riding keeps you and your horse thinking. You never know what is going to happen or what you'll run across on the trail.

So in lies the madness, the pursuit of the impossible in the face of the complete assurance that you will fail, and yet still you chase.
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post #50 of 214 Old 12-09-2012, 10:59 PM
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Want nothing to do with big ugly giant spiders.Wild hogs wouldn't thrill me either.
I think I'll stick to the bear, cougar and bobcats around here. As a rule they want nothing to do with me. However, there are always the sasquatches. Maybe I better rethink this...
Guess your in my neck of the woods,
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